Letter from Foreign Relations Chair Senator Kerry to Secretary Clinton On Yanky Ostreicher


kerry1Elected officials of both parties have come under increased criticism from members of the Orthodox Jewish Community for apparently failing to assist Jacob Ostreicher who is under arrest in Bolivia since June 3’d 2011 without any charges leveled against him.

Gestetner Updates has however obtained  a letter written back on October 5 2011 to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by U.S. Senator John Kerry (D. Massachusetts) who is the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In it, the Senator writes that he learned from this case “through the office of our good friend and colleague Senator Tom Coburn [R. Oklahoma] and which my office has been following up on through contact with activists concerned about the safety and well-being of Jacob Ostreicher.”

Senator Kerry goes on to explain that any American under arrest in a foreign country may be in a “precarious situation” that sometimes “only with intervention can a fair result be attained.” The Senator conlcudes that he is expecting a letter back from Clinton.

Leading activists on the case suggest that while people contact Senator Kerry’s office to express appreciation of his early and direct involvement in this case, it should also be requested that the Senator continue keeping a close eye on the developments in his capacity as Chair of the FRC.

{Gestetner Updates/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Let’s not forget our brothers Jonathan Pollard and Sholom Rubashkin.

    So many distinguished Americans have urged the president to pardon them (considering their extremely harsh sentences, misconduct by their judges and prosecutors, etc.).

    Yet, not a word from President Obama!

  2. Mr. OHare:

    One key factor involved in the Pardon process is stated directly by DOJ:

    A pardon is not a sign of vindication and does not connote or establish innocence. For that reason, when considering the merits of a pardon petition, pardon officials take into account the petitioner’s acceptance of responsibility, remorse, and atonement for the offense.

    While the absence of expressions of remorse should not preclude favorable consideration, a petitioner’s attempt to minimize or rationalize culpability does not advance the case for pardon. In this regard, statements made in mitigation (e.g., “everybody was doing it,” or I didn’t realize it was illegal”) should be judged in context. Persons seeking a pardon on grounds of innocence or miscarriage of justice bear a formidable burden of persuasion.

    People in the process of appealing convictions or sentence are not eligible to apply for the pardon process.

  3. Mr Kerry, please follow up on Jacob’s case. The United States should not sit still for this treatment of our citizens. It only encourages Bolivia and certain other countries to do more of the same. We all know that we are fighting a war and have much bigger problems than one lone innocent man languishing in a Bolivian prison, but that is exactly what Bollivia is depending on, so that they may play their little games. We should not take any of this from Bolivia and demand his release now. Is there not sanctions our country can impose on them?